April 1, 2014 

From the President...



Please join us on Thursday night, April 3rd, at 7pm for the second MIC Town Hall Meeting with Commissioner Lisa Cupid.  The meeting will be held at the SAE School at 6688 Mableton Parkway in Mableton.  The spotlight will be on transportation, with a focus on the following topics:  Floyd Road construction, Queen Mill Road construction, FLEX bus service, and changes to CCT bus routes.


If you need to renew your MIC membership, our volunteers will be ready to help you!  We need your support!  If you'd rather renew online, click here to access our secure payment system.  Thanks to all of you who have renewed for 2014.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night.  As always, please contact me with any questions about MIC and Mableton.  




Joel Cope Join Button tan


MIC President

(404) 550-0475 



Great American Clean-Up Recycling Event
Saturday, April 12th at the Mable House Complex 
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The Great American Clean-up is coming to Mableton! On Saturday, April 12th from 9am to 1pm at the Mable House Complex, you can recycle electronics, latex paint, textiles, batteries, appliances, metals, and small lawn equipment. Free onsite, secure document shredding will also be available.  The Mable House Complex is located at 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton. 


This is a great opportunity to complete your spring cleaning and help the environment with proper disposal of these items - many of which are difficult to recycle at other times. There are small fees for a few items, but most items are accepted without any charge. For details on all the items accepted, please click here to read the flyer.


Zoning News
Coming Up in April
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At 1415 Veterans Memorial Highway between Powell Drive and James Road (SLUP-2) an application has been filed for a Special Land Use Permit for Used Car Sales.  The MIC Board voted to oppose this application because of the effect on neighboring property values if another used car business were added to this area. Additionally, the application does not appear to meet the basic requirements for paving for Used Car Lots. This application was recommended for denial by the Planning Commission, and is expected to be heard by the Board of Commissioners on April 15th. 


The application for a cell phone tower on  Mableton Parkway at Queen Mill Road (SLUP-13) is expected to be heard on April 1st by the Planning Commission.  The tower would be located in the center of the 1.5 acre parcel on the northwest corner of the intersection.  The MIC Board has voted to oppose this application.  The Board recognizes the need for improved cell service; however, the negative visual impact of a 130-foot tower so close to a major highway entrance to our community was the deciding factor.    


The hearing for the application for Light Industrial zoning by Ruppert Landscaping for the property at 7013 and 7015 Mableton Parkway near Discovery Boulevard (Z-7) was postponed, but is now expected to be heard on April 1st.  The MIC Board voted to remain neutral if the applicant would agree to improve the appearance of the property, define the area to be fenced and landscaped, and eliminate some possible future uses that have proved troublesome in the past.  The applicant has agreed, and the MIC Zoning Committee appreciates their willingness to work with the community. 


At 540 South Gordon Road (Z-14), an application has been filed to change the zoning from a subdivision (RA-5) to R-20 for a single building so that a meditation center can be built.  The MIC Board voted to remain neutral in this application so long as stipulations are put in place that would require another public hearing if group activities were desired by the owners.  We also requested a large buffer along the rear of the property where it abuts county-owned future park land.  


To be Heard in May 


On Glore Road, just west of the intersection with Floyd Road (Z-18), an application has been filed for a new subdivision on 38 acres of land. The current zoning is R-20 and the proposed zoning is R-15 OSC and RA-5.  The applicant will hold a public information meeting on April 21st; there is more information in the article below.


An application for Heavy Industrial zoning at 5780 Powell Drive (Z-21) (SLUP-5) has been filed.  The applicant has been operating an auto salvage business at this location.  The MIC Zoning Committee is especially interested in hearing from residents and business owners in this area.   


Questions?  Want to know more?  Have an opinion you want to share?  Please email the Zoning Committee.   


Public Information Meeting about Glore Road Zoning
Monday, April 21st at 7pm 

The owner of 38 acres on Glore Road has applied for rezoning for a new subdivision. The site plan shows 96 homes with some open space and the existing lake in the center of the development. Because of the high level of community interest in this application, the applicant will host a public information meeting on April 21st at 7pm at the South Cobb Regional Library at 805 Clay Road in Mableton. 


You can read the attorney's stipulation letter, review the site plan and look at renderings and floor plans of the homes proposed for this property.  The MIC Board has not taken a position on this application. If you have questions or comments, please email Robin Meyer, MIC's Zoning Committee Chairperson.

Mableton Day 5K and Fun Run Registration Open Now
Race Day is Saturday, May 17th 
Registration is open now for the 4th Annual Mableton Day 5K race.  Friends and families around South Cobb and beyond are signing up to run and walk this great course that begins and ends at the Mable House Complex.  The 5K begins at 8am on Mableton Day, May 17th.  The early registration fee is just $20.

When you sign up online at the Mableton Day website for the 5K, you can also donate $5 and 5 points to your favorite community organization competing for the Community Spirit Program Trophy and cash award. 

As the 5K ends, the Mableton Jr. Fun Run begins!  Limited to only 100 entrants, this event is great fun for kids -- and for adults who prefer the shorter one-mile distance.  Early registration for kids is just $10!

Questions about the 5K or Fun Run?  Contact Lee Miller or read the FAQs.


Cobb Youth Leadership Program Applications Due
Applications due April 25th 

Cobb Youth Leadership, the Cobb Chamber's leadership development program for rising high school juniors, is seeking applications for the 2014-2015 class. Interested students attending public or private high schools or home-school students in Cobb may submit applications for CYL in the spring of their sophomore year. Applications will be available online until April 25.


This program is designed to expose students to various elements of leadership and decision-making while nurturing the county's next generation of leaders. Students participate in in-depth programs exposing them to community needs, opportunities, problems and resources that facilitate interaction with community leaders and decision-makers.The monthly programs run from August through April.


To access the online application, click here. For more information, contact Katie Edfeldt at kedfeldt@cobbchamber.org via email or call her at 770-859-2334.


"Honk" - the Musical Comes to the Amphitheatre
April 11th, 12th and 13th 

The Theatre Project will present "Honk!" at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre on April 11th and 12th at 7pm and on April 13th at 3pm. Honk! is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along the journey, he discovers his true beauty and also finds love and acceptance.


Tickets are on sale through the Mable House box office and Ticketmaster. Tickets are $6 for adults and children ages 12 and older. Admission for children under 12 is free. Tables that seat six are available for $50 each. The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton.  For more information, click here


Register to Vote!
Deadline for Primary Election is April 21st 

The deadline to register to vote in the May 20th primary election is April 21st. To be voter registration qualified to register in Cobb County, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Cobb County and at least 17-and-a-half years old (but you cannot vote until you turn 18). Any mail-in applications must be postmarked 30 days prior to that election. If you move, you must notify the Board of Elections 30 days prior to the election.  


You can register in person at any Cobb County library.

If you are not already registered, do it now! Our right to vote is precious and every election is important!


Not sure if you are registered? Click here.  For more information, visit the Cobb County Elections website.


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